CATALOGUE OF THE GREAT COLLECTION IN NATURAL HISTORY OF THE WOODWARD'S GARDENS SAN FRANCISCO, CAL. COMMENCING THURSDAY, APRIL 6TH, 1893 AT 10 O'CLOCK A. M., ON THE PREMISES, MISSION ST., NEAR FOURTEENTH, AND CONTINUING DURING SUCCESSIVE DAYS, AT SAME HOUR, UNTIL EVERY ARTICLE IS SOLD. COMPRISING: FOUR MUSEUMS ... ART GALLERY ... THREE CONSERVATORIES ... LIVING ANIMALS AND BIRDS ... MARBLE STATUES AND VASES ... THE ABOVE COMPRISING OVER 75,000 OF VARIED ARTICLES OF VIRTU. --- ALSO --- A LARGE ASSORTMENT NOT ENUMERATED, CONSISTING OF MULES, WAGONS, CARTS, HOSE, GLASSWARE, CROCKERY, BENCHES, CHAIRS, STOOLS, IRON PIPING AND SUNDRIES. FOR FURTHER, INQUIRE OF EASTON, ELDRIDGE & CO. REAL ESTATE AND GENERAL AUCTIONEERS. San Francisco: Easton, Eldridge & Co., 1893. 26x18 cm, pp. [1-3] 4-20, woodcut illustrations in the text, original pictorial tan wrappers printed in black, sewn. First edition. "Woodward's Gardens, San Francisco's first amusement park, opened in 1866 in the Mission District, just a few blocks from Mission Dolores. Combining museums, conservatories and entertainment sites, the one-stop enterprise would also open the city's first zoo and America's first aquarium ... The two square block, five-acre Woodward's Gardens was a walled-off Eden of hills, ornate buildings, landscaped paths and ponds ... For 25 years Woodward's Gardens was the place to go in San Francisco for popular culture, recreation and amusement ... Woodward's Gardens closed to the public in 1891 ... the family auctioned off their father's collection of 75,000 articles on April 6, 1893 ... A good portion of the curios were bought by the future mayor of San Francisco, Adolph Sutro, another philanthropic entrepreneur. The Cliff House and Sutro baths across the city on the Pacific Ocean adopted many of Woodward's collections for display, including statues, vases, urns, two muzzleloading cannons with iron shot, stuffed birds, mirror-orbs, shells, and minerals" (Robert Ehler Blaisdell). "This was the finale of that famous resort" (Cowan). Cowan (1933), p. 695. Rocq 12903. Old vertical and horizontal folds, worn and shaken, narrow strip torn from upper edge of front wrapper, a good copy with penciled prices realized for most lots. Scarce. Provenance: The Marilyn Blaisdell collection. (#167131).
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